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  • New Escape Room - Lock in at The Cromwell Arms

     

    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

     

    Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

     

    The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.

     

    Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

     

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

  • Meet the Cromwells!

    Saturday 9th June 2018

    10:00 am until 5:00 pm

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House comes to life like never before, with each room in this remarkably well preserved seventeenth century home brimming with long lost energy. Oliver is coming home and bringing the family with him!

     

     

    This is your chance to witness a snapshot of the life and times of one of England’s most iconic and divisive men. Discover the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, as dinner is prepared for a hungry household, what is on the menu? And what is Marchpane?

    Follow on to discover what life would have been like for children in the 17th century and learn about Wool; from fleece to finely spun thread with our very own “Spinster” who will talk and show you through the process of “spinning”

    Meet a veteran soldier, from “The Bishops Wars” and discover what he’ll be taking to battle with him, as England heads towards the first Civil War, between King Charles and Parliament; you’ll be able to ask this knowledgeable soldier a wide variety of questions! Not to forget, you can also learn all about how an injured soldier would be treated, with our military surgeon who will be bringing with him his marvellous collection of interesting and, in some cases, utterly terrifying medical implements. How would he deal with a musket ball? What about amputating a leg? You’ll find out at Oliver Cromwell’s House!

    Leaving the horrors of war behind, join our skilled book binder who will be demonstrating how books were created during the 17th century using authentic reproduction tools and materials, giving a rare, up-close glimpse into a highly prized trade and skill that is still to this day revered.

    As you enter the haunted bedroom you may perhaps see something out of the corner of your eye, don’t be startled. It is simply the man himself, Oliver Cromwell, happy to welcome people to his home, to talk and answer questions. What have you always wanted to know about Oliver Cromwell? What will you ask him?

    This promises to be a day of delight and drama as Oliver Cromwell, his family and friends, come home for just one day.

     

    Adults - £6

    Children - £4.50

    Family Ticket (Two Adults and up to Three Children) - £16

  • Eerie Ely Guided Ghost Walks

    7th September until 26th April 2018 - Every Thursday at 7pm!

     

    Ely - by day, a tranquil pocket City in the heart of East Anglia. A beautiful riverside and a bustling centre. But by night, the City is a different place.

     

    Join The Night Watchman as he takes you on a tour of Ely by Twilight, exploring the hidden horrors, terrifying tales and things that go bump in the dark.

     

    Tours leave promptly at 7pm from Oliver Cromwell's House and tickets MUST be pre-booked.

     

    Dates don't fit? Looking for a unique Birthday or Anniversary Celebration? A corporate event with a difference or a family gathering like no other? Please feel free to contact us to organise a private group tour - Minimum 8 people and a Maximum of 25. 

     

  • Haunted Tales - A House After Dark

    The last Wednesday of every month at 7pm

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House comes back to (after) life! When the sun has set and the lights are dimmed, follow our guide through this atmospheric house and hear the haunted tales that have been collected over many years from former inhabitants, visitors and staff.

     

    Suitable for Children over the age of 10 years.

     

    Dates don't fit? Looking for a unique Birthday or Anniversary Celebration? A corporate event with a difference or a family gathering like no other? Please feel free to contact us to organise a private group tour - Minimum 8 people and a Maximum of 25. 

  • In conversation with The Conductor - Andrew Parnell

    24th May 2018 - 7pm (Doors Open - 6.45pm)

     

    As part of the "In Conversation with..." Programme for 2018 and 2019, Oliver Cromwell's House is pleased to host "The Conductor" - Andrew Parnell

    Andrew Parnell has conducted choirs and orchestras since his student days in Cambridge. For 25 years, he lived and worked in St Albans, as Assistant Master of the Music at the Cathedral (where he also founded the Abbey Girls Choir), as Choral Director at St Albans School and Conductor of the City's Symphony Orchestra. Highlights during that time were Verdi's Requiem with St Albans School and St Albans High School; Bach's St Matthew Passion with St Albans Bach Choir; Britten's War Requiem and Berlioz's Te Deum with combined local societies. He also directed the Cathedral Choristers in a performance and recording of Orff's Carmina Burana with the LPO conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Royal Festival Hall. Andrew often directed or played for the BBC Singers in Radio 4's Daily Service.

    With the Abbey Choirs, he performed in Cathedral services; high-profile special occasions, often attended by royalty; foreign tours; recordings; and broadcasts on radio and TV.  He gave many solo recitals both home and abroad.

    Since Andrew turned freelance in 2001, he has developed a three-fold career. Conducting has remained a major part of this. In addition to Ely Choral Society and Ely Youth Choir, he conducts the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, South Norfolk’s premier orchestra. Andrew specialises in working with amateur music-makers, encouraging them to enjoy their singing and playing, while they develop their skills to the highest standard of performance.

  • In Conversation with The Playwright - Sean Lang

    28th June 2018 - 7pm (Doors Open - 6.45pm)

     

    As part of the "In Conversation with..." Programme for 2018 and 2019, Oliver Cromwell's House is pleased to host "The Playwright" - Dr Sean Lang.

     

    Sean Lang is a historian, playwright and broadcaster.  He features regularly on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, and has appeared frequently on BBC Essex, Anglia TV News and Look East.  He taught in schools in Cambridgeshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, where he specialises in the history of the British Empire.  As well as numerous school books, he has written four history volumes in the popular For Dummies series, including British History for Dummies, European History For Dummies, Twentieth-Century World History For Dummies and First World War for Dummies

    His theatre work includes I'm Backing Britain and The Necessity of Atheism, both of which were successes at the Edinburgh Fringe, and The Great War Cycle, a series of plays about the First World War.  The third in the cycle, 1916 - His Plan of Attack, about General Sir Douglas Haig and the Battle of the Somme, was produced at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, at Easter this year.  Forthcoming plays include a double bill, Party Night and A Cabinet Meeting, to be performed in Cambridge before going on to Edinburgh, and a Cambridge ghost story, The Girl in the Glass, which will be at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, in December.

  • In Conversation with The Curator - Stuart Orme

    27th September 2018 - 7pm (Doors Open - 6.45pm)

     

    As part of the "In Conversation with..." Programme for 2018 and 2019, Oliver Cromwell's House is pleased to host "The Curator" - Stuart Orme who is the Curator and Manager of The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon.

     

    Stuart has a History degree and postgraduate qualifications in Education and Museum Studies. For fourteen years Stuart worked for the Heritage service of Vivacity, Peterborough's cultural trust, leading on the Interpretation and programmes for Peterborough Museum, Flag Fen Bronze Age site and Longthorpe Tower, as well as developing a guided tours programme for the city. He was a key member of the team that refurbished Peterborough Museum in 2012, and for eight years developed and managed Peterborough's annual Heritage Festival. For the last two years he has been Director of Operations at Peterborough Cathedral, helping develop its programme of events and this year's programme of celebrations for its 900th anniversary.  Stuart has a passion for history and enjoys sharing this with people.

     

  • Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

    Thursday 11th October 7pm - 9pm

     

    Join Nora Gardner on a journey of hearty 17th century cuisine to warm the soul during these autumnal nights. Learn about Mrs Cromwell’s favourite dishes of the season as well as her preserves for the year ahead.

     

    All admissions include tastings!



    Tickets - £15

  • The Festive Feast

    5th December 2018 at 10am

     

    Although Christmas was banned during the Commonwealth, many people still celebrated in secret.

     

    Join Nora Gardner, local guide and historian to learn about flavours and ingredients that constituted a typical 17th Century Christmas feast.

     

    All admissions include tastings!


    Tickets - £15 per person.